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Fr. Theodore P. Zabowski

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Ordained: 1970
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Allegation to diocese 10/95 of sexual abuse of a teenage boy 1975-79. Placed on leave. Acknowledged having boys in his bed for "companionship" and possible inappropriate touching. Sent to St. Luke's Institute in MD. Returned to parish ministry 9/96. Withdrew from ministry in 7/02. Settlement in 2020 in the low five figures of a claim that Zabowski sexually abused a boy, age 13, in 1974, while assigned to St. Lawrence O'Toole. The alleged abuse involved fondling and, on one occasion, Zabowski gave the boy alcohol.

Fr. Hilary Zach

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1949
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Identified in 6/18/13 Report of the Audit and Review of the Files of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph as a deceased friar with confirmed reports of sexual abuse of minors. Zach's name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Spent several years at St. Lawrence Seminary as teacher and novice master, then became a hospital chaplain. Died 3/22/97.

Fr. Michael J. Zacharias

Ordained: 2002
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Pastor of St. Michael's in Findlay when arrested 8/18/20 by the FBI on multiple charges of sex trafficking. He allegedly "manipulated and coerced drug-addicted boys and men into sex." Per court records, Zacharias made a "confession video" in 2015 in which he performed oral sex on a then-adult victim. He admits to first meeting the victim when he was a seminarian and the boy was in 6th grade St. Catherine's in Toledo. The boy became drug-addicted as a teen, and Zacharias offered him money for sex to feed his habit. A second young man told the FBI he met Zacharias in first grade at St. Catherine's and that the priest began sexually abusing him as a teen, when he was drug-addicted. Zacharias was placed on leave by the Diocese.

Fr. Dennis B. Zacheis

Ordained: 1975
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

Worked in South St. Louis, Manchester, Lemay, Krakow, Wildwood and Sullivan parishes. Retired without faculties 2010 due to allegations of financial irregularities at parish he pastored. Accused 11/17 of sexual abuse of a boy 1975-78, while assigned to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in Mehlville. Zacheis denied the allegation. Accuser, age 55, filed suit 11/15/17. On the archdiocese's list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry.

Fr. Francis Zachman

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Order: OMI
Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Died: 07/29/1983
Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Name first released on archdiocese's 5/22/14 revised list of accused priests and brothers. Worked in archdiocese 1973-1982. Assignments included pastor at Assumption in Richfield 1973-1981, as administrator at St. Albert in Albertville, at St. George in Long Lake and as associate pastor at St. Casimir in St. Paul. Accused in 4/82 of sexual abuse of a minor female. Died in 1983. NOTE: List and articles refer to him as a Franciscan TOR but research indicates he was actually an Oblate priest (OMI).

Fr. Gary Zalenski

Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Steubenville OH

Suspended 11/17/07 after "credible" accusation he sexually assaulted girl, age 9-11, 1989-1991 in Lore City, OH. She told parents and church; he was transferred. Denied allegations. Matter sent to D.A. and to Rome. In 10/08, Grand Jury did not indict, citing lack of probable cause. A second accuser came forward 10/08. Zalenski's attorney threatened to sue if she spoke publicly. She sued 1/09 for release of records. OH Sup Court ordered Court to release records 7/10. Sent to three treatment centers. Laicized 2014. On diocese's list 10/31/18.

Fr. Edward J. Zalewski

Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Died in 1976. A woman notified the diocese in 5/07 that Zalewski "hugged her to his body" at St. Joseph church in Lincoln in 1956, when she was approximately age 12. In 2/21 a man received a settlement for $30K from the diocese. The man had come forward to allege that when he was age 11 in the summer of 1963, Zalewski sexually abused him while he was visiting a rest home that his friend's grandmother owned. He said that afterward he rode his bike to the police station in Penacook and reported the abuse.

Fr. Richard Zamorano

Ordained: 1993
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Tucson AZ

Priest of the Diocese of El Paso. Moved to Tucson in 2002 to care for his mother. Taught there at Salpointe Catholic High School and helped out in parishes. Also in 2002 Zamorano adopted two boys from Mexico. Reportedly in 2014, Zamorano was removed from ministry by the Tucson diocese in 2012 after he allegedly took a mentally disabled adult parishioner to a motel, gave him alcohol and sexually assaulted him. The District Attorney's office investigated but no charges were filed. A civil suit filed in 6/14 named Zamorano, the Diocese of Tucson and the Diocese of El Paso. Per the 2017 Catholic Directory, he was still part of El Paso, absent on leave.

Fr. Salvatore V. Zangari

Ordained: 1944
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg PA

Parish priest, became Army chaplain in 1951. Diocese received allegations in 1980 and 1986 of "unwanted sexual misconduct" by Zangari toward adult women. Sent in 1986 to St. Luke's for evaluation. Admitted to fathering a child with a former high school student. No follow-up apparent by diocese. Review by bishop in 2002 of the 1986 evaluation; he said it showed "full proof of [Zangari's] sexual misconduct with minors." Faculties removed. Died 9/23/04. Name included on diocese's list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report.

Fr. Angelo Zankl

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1926
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Duluth MN

On 12/31/13, the diocese released its list of 17 clergy, including Zankl, who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse of young persons while serving in the diocese and another five who had been accused while residing in the diocese at some time. Spent much time at St. John Abbey before and after working in the diocese 1951-87. Left the diocese 5/30/87. Died 07/12/07, age 106. Accusation received shortly before diocese released list.

Fr. Francis Zapitelli

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Ordained: 1962
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Youngstown OH

Ordained for the Diocese of Youngstown. Incardinated into the Diocese of Phoenix in 4/83. Removed from public ministry in 11/18 after an allegation that Zapitelli engaged in "sexual misconduct" with a minor in the mid-1970s as a Youngstown priest. On Youngstown diocese's list 10/29/18. Included on Phoenix diocese's list 10/29/29.

Fr. Robert E. Zasacki

Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Ordained for Newark. Sent to MN in 1980 for alcoholism treatment. Ministered in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis; incardinated there in 1987. Permanently removed from ministry in 2002 due to accusation of abuse of a youth in the early 1970s in Newark. Died 3/08 at age 67. On Newark archdiocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Stephen R. Zastoupil

Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Bismarck ND

Removed 3/02 from parish assignment because of 'misconduct' involving two children 31 years prior. He received years of counseling and reconciled with the families and victims. Counseling discontinued when bishop determined it was no longer necessary. He was removed under the diocese's revised policy 3/20/02. No criminal charges filed. Died 7/2/18. Included on the diocese's list 1/2/20.

Fr. George F. Zatarga

Ordained: 1968
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn NY

Placed on leave 11/30/07 after admitting to "inappropriate behavior" with as many as five youths in the 1970s. Victims included three brothers. Further allegations involved an 18-year-old youth and events in 2007. Sent for counseling. Zatarga kept a "travel log" of his 1976 trips with teenage boys and often mentioned their "unique physiques." Died 8/28/11. On diocese's list in 2/19.

Fr. Charles J. Zaunbrecher

Ordained: 1957
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Lafayette LA

Per a 7/02 article, Zaunbrecher, who died in 1996, is listed as having molested children while serving as a priest. He spent time away from his ministry on "special assignment." In 1985-95, he was assigned to the Church of the Little Flower in Mobile, AL He returned to Lafayette in 1995. On Lafayette diocese's list in 4/19. It notes he retired in 1995.

Fr. Thomas J. Zedar

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Ordained: 1965
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Syracuse NY

Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 12/3/18. Ordained for Syracuse diocese. Worked in Diocese of Venice FL 10/88--06. Incardinated into Venice diocese 1/92. Per obit, Zedar retired 9/8/06. Died 2/8/09. Accused along with two other priests in a lawsuit filed in 6/20 under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing a boy. The abuse by Zedar allegedly began in the 1970s when the boy was a Seton Catholic Central High School junior, and included rape.

Fr. John M. Zeder

Ordained: 1954
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Syracuse NY

A woman filed suit in 3/03 (dismissed on SOL 9/06) alleging she was abused by two priests. She said she was raped by Zeder between 1978 and 1981 and abused by Thomas Keating in 1982 after she told him what Zeder had done. She also says that Zeder threatened to put her in a mental institution if she told. The woman said she told Bishop Moynihan in 2002. Zeder was removed from public ministry in 7/02 and permanently removed from active priesthood as of 6/03. On diocese's list 12/3/18. Noted to be deceased.

Fr. Gabriel Zeis

Order: TOR
Ordained: 1980
Status: None

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Director and chaplain of Princeton University's Catholic campus ministry and Diocesan Vicar for Catholic Education in 9/19 when accused of sexually abusing a minor in 1975, prior to ordination. Denied the allegation. Resigned. On 6/16/20 the TOR Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus announced that investigations by the A.G. and Order could not substantiate the allegation and deemed it not credible. Zeis was to be reinstated.

Fr. Tomasz Adam Zielinski

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Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen NJ

From Poland. Had been working at Christ King Church in Manville since 4/08. In 7/08 a teenage girl complained to flight attendants that he was groping her and attempting to unzip her pants during a flight from Poland to the US. Zielinski was criminally charged about one week later. Placed on leave by the diocese. Pleaded guilty 10/1/08. Sentenced to one year in federal prison in 1/09. Released in 1/10.

Bishop George Patrick Ziemann

Ordained: 1967
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Resigned as Bishop of the Santa Rosa diocese in 1999 after a priest sued him over sexual a relationship. Ziemann left the diocese in financial debt of over $30M. A 2002 suit alleged abuse of a youth in 1968 and lasting several years. Named in a 12/03 civil suit alleging conspiracy by 28 priests to cover up abuse in the Los Angeles archdiocese. Named in L.A archdiocesan report, with three accusing him of abuse 1967-86. Lived in Tucson without faculties until his death in 10/09.

Fr. Francis J. Zilkoski

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Ordained: 1924
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

On 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Zilkoski, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information as to where or when the abuse occurred. Had assignments in Foreston, Flensburg, Little Falls and Opole. Was also Chancellor of Diocese. Died 5/19/78.

Fr. Michael Zilligen

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Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Brownsville TX

A man reported to police in 1/04 that he had been sexually assaulted by Zilligen at age 11 during a 1973 or 1974 sleepover for altar boys at Prince of Peace Parish. He alleged that it developed into a six-year "relationship." Zilligen is not listed in the 1989 Official Catholic Directory. Shown as absent on leave per 1995 directory.

Fr. Luke Zimmer

Order: SSCC
Ordained: 1954
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Worked in NH, MA, HI, MN, CA and WI. Given permission to operate a Christian Renewal center in WI. As such, he participated as a priest at various churches. Plaintiff in a 1993 suit alleged that Zimmer abused her 1979-80 at one of these churches in WI. Zimmer was still active in 1993 as an instructor for Catholic Seminars. Died in 1/97.

Fr. Francis A. Zimmerer

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1932
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fort Worth TX

In 9/08 the Fort Worth diocese announced a credible allegation that ZImmerer sexually abused a boy, age 11, while assigned to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Decatur in 1978. Zimmerer died in 1/23/83 at age 74. As of 9/15, two more men had come forward with credible allegations of abuse at the same church. Also worked in AR, MI, WI. Name included on Little Rock's 9/10/18 list (mistakenly as Francis 'Zimmer'). On the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese's list updated 4/1/19. On the La Crosse diocese's list 1/18/20.

Fr. George Zirwas

Ordained: 1979
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First publicly named as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. The diocese knew as early as 1987 of allegations against him of child sex abuse. Sent to St. Francis Hospital for evaluation in 3/88 after an allegation. Sent to St. Luke's Institute in 12/88 after two reports of abuse, of boys ages 16 and 17. Another complaint 1991. Kept in ministry until placed on leave 11/94. Returned to ministry 7/95 after threatening diocese with legal action. Another accusation 11/95, placed on leave. Moved to FL, then Cuba where he was murdered in 5/01. Grand Jury found him to have been involved, along with Revs. Francis Pucci, Robert Wolk and Richard Zula, in making child porn, sharing victims, and using sadism while raping them. Their "favorite boys" would allegedly be given big gold crosses to wear to signal them as targets for other predators. Lawsuit 11/18.

Fr. Nelson B. Ziter

Order: SSE
Ordained: 1947
Status: Sued

Died: 07/7/2000
Diocese: Archdiocese of Mobile AL

Removed from ministry in 1993 after a man alleged physical and sexual abuse 1974-79 while Ziter was pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Selma. Sued in 1994. Suit dismissed on SOL. Ziter founded the Boys and Girls Club in Slma. Assignments in AL included Queen of Peace in Selma, St. Philip Neri in Belle Fontaine, St. Elizabeth in Selma, and Our Lady of Lourdes in Mobile. Director of spiritual affairs at St. Michael's College in VT 1961-67 and worked in parishes in Swanton and Williston. Ziter died 7/7/2000. Included the Mobile archdiocese's list 12/6/18. Per the Edmundites' list 8/7/19, the allegation was substantiated.

Fr. Peter J. Zizka

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Hartford CT

Two suits filed in 1995 alleged abuse by Zizka in the 1970s while the female plaintiffs were children. Files in the suits were sealed until 1998. Another suit filed in 7/97. Zizka was not removed from his assignment until 1999. All three cases settled and the files were again sealed. By 10/02 a total of five lawsuits had been filed against Zizka. All settled. Per the archdiocese on its list 1/22/19, Zizka was laicized in 2002.

Br. Douglas Zlatis

Order: CFC
Status: Sued

Died: 12/2/2009
Diocese: Diocese of Phoenix AZ

Member of the Edmund Rice, or Irish, Christian Brothers. Entered the order in 1959. Named publicly as accused by the Phoenix diocese on its list 10/29/19. Assigned 2001-08 to St. Matthew's in Phoenix, where he was the school's vice-principal. Previously worked in Chicago IL, Peru, Staten Island NY, Burbank, IL, Honolulu HI, and Seattle WA. Accused in a 2014 lawsuit of sexually abusing a student at Damien Memorial High School in HI. Also accused in a 2016 lawsuit in HI of abusing a Damien Memorial High student in 1982. Died 12/02/09.

Fr. Joseph A. Zmijewski

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Ordained: 1936
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Allentown diocese's 8/19/18 list. Member of diocesan Tribunal. Psychologist. Died 1968. In 10/04 a woman told the diocese that Zmijewski sexually abused her in 1950 when she was a St. Peter's in Reading 9th grader. She said she was referred to Zmijewski for counseling, and he proposed hypnotizing her at his residence. She said she feigned being hypnotized and he then had her strip naked. He allegedly left the room for a few minutes then returned and told her to get dressed.

Fr. Benjamin Zoeller

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Oklahoma City OK

Removed from ministry in 2002 due to allegations deemed credible. Laicized in 2011. Assignments included parishes in Tusla, Norman, Watonga and OK City. Pastor in Moore 1974-84, moved to Weatherford parish 1984-85, OK City 1985-96, Yukon 1996-01, per archdiocese. Report to archdiocese in 2006 of abuse in 1985 by Zoeller of a 16-year-old boy who attended St. Patrick's parish. In 8/18 his accuser contacted the archdiocese, which then found credible allegations in Zoeller's file and initiated an investigation. Zoeller was discovered volunteering at a parish in 8/18. On the archdiocese's list of credibly accused 10/3/19.

Fr. Vincent A. Zollo

Ordained: 1980
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn NY

Named as defendant in lawsuit filed in Brooklyn in which 26 people alleged abuse by twelve priests and one religious brother. Lawsuit said Zollo abused a male parishioner at Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach, where he was assigned 1981-83. Resigned at some point. Per the diocese in 2/19, the diocese deemed the allegation "unsubstantiated," but the claimant was allowed to participate in the IRCP. (Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.) The diocese did not include Zollo on its list in 2/19.

Fr. John G. Zolondek

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Ordained: 1938
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

Parish assignments in Bridgeport, Emmaus, Willow Grove and Philadelphia. Involved in a Germantown summer camp. Music Director at Allentown Central Catholic High School, later at Reading Central Catholic High. Residing at St. Mary's parish in Kutztown.when he died 9/18/62. First named publicly as accused on Allentown's 8/19/18 list. Allegation received after his death.

Lisa Zuccarelli

Order: OP
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, first assigned in 1975. In 7/18 a woman alleged that Zuccarelli molested her in 1982 when she was a student at Fisher Catholic High School in Lancaster. The Order removed Zuccarelli from ministry and restricted her from unsupervised contact with minors and former students. Zuccarelli taught at Fisher High 1980-85. Prior to that she was a teacher at Desales High 1975-77 and Catholic Central High in Steubenville 1978-80. Taught at Georgetown University's School of Nursing 1995-99, chaplain there at St. Mary's Hall and Darnall Hall 1996-2002. Director of academic enrichment and student life until 2003. Professor at Salve Regina University in RI from 2003 until her 2018 removal. The Order deemed the allegation credible.

Fr. Francis T. Zuch

Ordained: 1932
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Des Moines IA

Accused in a 12/15/95 suit of sexually abusing two altar boys 1970-75. The complaint alleges that Zuch "systematically" abused "numerous" altar boys "starting in the 1940s." Some of the abuse allegedly occurred at a cabin on Clear Lake. Suit was settled by 2002. Zuch was director of Catholic Charities in the diocese 1935-55. Died in 1993. On diocese's list 4/4/19. It notes five allegations of abuse of boys in the early to mid 1970s.

Fr. Frank Joseph Zuech

Ordained: 1953
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Born in Mexico, raised in Italy. Attended seminary in Italy and at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany NY. Assigned to Nativity in Buffalo, then administrator at Sacred Heart. Pastor at St. Mary's in Sliver Springs. Also worked at St. John's in Sinclairille and St. Jude's in Sardinia. Boy Scout leader for 17 years. Moderator of the Catholic Youth Organization for 15 years. Died 7/12/95. Accused in a lawsuit(s) filed in 2020 under the NY Child Victims Act.

Fr. Richard F. Zula

Ordained: 1966
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

Report to diocese 9/87 of violent sexual activity in the rectory by Zula with a minor, and with three other lay men. Sent to Institute of Living in CT. Placed on permanent leave. Two brothers alleging abuse filed suit, then contacted police in 9/88. One said first abused by Zula 1984 when under age 16. Zula arrested 11/88. Pled guilty to two counts involving the two brothers; sentenced 1990 to 2-5 years in prison. Sentence to run concurrently with one in another county imposed for 1-5 yrs. Diocese settled with the brothers with a confidentiality agreement. Revs. Francis Pucci and Robert Wolk accused of abusing the same boys. More reports to diocese of abuse of boys by Zula, involving sadomasochism. Found volunteering at a parish in 2007. Died 9/29/17. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Suit filed 10/18 against Bishop Zubik and Cardinal Wuerl.